Oakland Athletics (22-10) at Houston Astros (17-14)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
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The Line: Houston Astros -125 / Oakland Athletics +105 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros meet Saturday in game two of an MLB doubleheader at Minute Maid Park.
The Oakland Athletics look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Athletics have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Athletics have won nine straight games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 32 hits and 12 RBI while Mark Canha and Matt Chapman have combined for 60 hits and 43 RBI. Frankie Montas gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 5.22 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. Montas is 3-2 with a 3.69 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Astros have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Astros have won seven of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Yuli Gurriel leads the Astros with 34 hits and 13 RBI while Carlos Correa and Josh Reddick have combined for 60 hits and 30 RBI. Zack Greinke gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 2.29 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. Greinke is 8-2 with a 2.61 ERA and 85 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 7-2 in their last 9 Saturday games, 44-17 in their last 61 vs. American League West and 40-18 in their last 58 overall. The Astros are 53-15 in their last 68 during game 1 of a series, 41-15 in their last 56 Saturday games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The under is 6-2 in Athletics last 8 overall. The over is 4-1 in Astros last 5 overall. The Athletics are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
Frankie Montas has allowed 14 runs and 19 hits in his last 20.1 innings while Zack Greinke has allowed six runs and 22 hits in his last 32 innings. The Oakland Athletics are playing the better baseball right now, but Montas has struggled for much of this season, while Greinke has been the Astros ace and has pitched extremely well all month. I have to side with the Astros in the second game of this series.